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I came across a question asking the following:

Recently, I have encountered a problem of limiting Internet Access to specific programs. Could anybody recommend a good way of doing that, without using any particular software?

One of the answers says:

use "nointernet" instead of "no-internet". For whatever reason Ubuntu 14.04 can't handle the dash when you try to use sg or chgrp (it prompts for a password, then fails).

Since there is no connection between question and answer, I flagged this as not an answer. Obviously this was meant as a comment on an earlier answer.

The flag was declined. Why?

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I hadn't had a coffee yet ...

In such cases, you can help by making the situation more obvious. Leave a comment below the answer or use the "other" flag reason and explain there.

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    What Sven said. Okay, I'm not a mod, but I've noticed that my flags are more likely to be accepted if I explain why I'm flagging them rather than use the canned reasons. (For example: "It looks like the user has two accounts with the same name and has answered the question twice with identical wording. Answers have one upvote each. Seems hinky.") – Katherine Villyard Apr 16 '16 at 12:57
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    +1 what Sven said, also what Katherine said. Our mods are called upon to be experts on local community ethics and etiquette; lovely as they are, expecting them also to be experts on every aspect of sysadmin is a little unfair (though no doubt they all have substantial expertise in some fields of that, too). When you flag, make it as easy as possible for them to follow what you're thinking, and why! Also, buy them a coffee. – MadHatter Apr 17 '16 at 7:46

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